$1,794,453 Funding Goal
Percentage Funded: 101%
Number of Backers: 122
Open Access Date: May 2018
You can view the organizations and libraries that have committed funds to Independent Voices here.
The flood-like appearance of an alternative press in the late 1960s expressed the upsurge of dissent and of aspiration of American youth. Feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, and members of the LGBT communities all began to publish newspapers and periodicals. Drawing their inspiration from the successes and failures of the Civil Rights movement and the movement against the Vietnam War, an amorphous but broad movement for radical change splintered. Black civil rights organizations like SNCC expelled whites from their organization, Students for a Democratic Society became increasingly divided over tactics and goals; radical feminists challenged male-dominated New Left groups as organizations that replicated the gendered roles of society they purportedly were seeking the remake; and marginalized groups like members of the LGBT community resisted police harassment at Stonewall and beyond. All of these groups found their voices in the alternative press.
From 2013 through January of 2020, Reveal Digital will release seven series on the alternative press focusing on that transformative period of the 1960’s – 1980s.
* Ethnicity and Race
* GI Press
* Small literary magazines
* Right-wing press
The Collection includes the complete runs of newspapers, magazines and journals drawn from the special collections of source libraries. When completed, Independent Voices will represent the largest digital collection of alternative press titles, with complete runs of over 1,000 titles and 750,000 pages. We are holding open 10% of the expected page count to allow funding libraries to suggest titles to fit any local needs.
In May 2018 Independent Voices was made open access. The entire collection is freely open to anyone thanks to the financial support provided by the project’s Funding Libraries. The Collection is hosted on the Reveal Digital platform, which provides page image-based access with full-text searching, hit-term highlighting, searchable title and issue-level metadata and browsing by series, title and source library.
Click here to begin searching the collection.
MOST USED TITLES
In July, 2019, Reveal Digital distributed usage statistics to all funding libraries covering the July 2018 through June 2019 academic year. Below is a list of the top 10 most often viewed titles for that period.
1. Berkeley Barb – 65,918 page views
2. Los Angeles Free Press – 38,463 page views
3. East Village Other – 22,306 page views
4. Freedomways – 11,039 page views
5. The Rag (Austin) – 10,224 page views
6. Great Speckled Bird – 10,159 page views
7. Fifth Estate – 8,828 page views
8. San Francisco Good Times – 8,495 page views
9. Berkeley Tribe – 8,283 page views
10. Ann Arbor Sun – 6,497 page views
Click on the page links below to view online the title lists for each Series.
An Excel workbook containing all series is available for download here:
This project has reached its funding goal. If your library would like to contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the collection and be provided with usage statistics, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Library Type||One-Time Payment|
|2 yr colleges and smaller publics||$5,130|
|Masters and large publics||$6,770|
* Reveal Digital is registered with SERU. No separate license agreement for this collection is required.
Original images are stored as uncompressed 300 dpi 24-bit color TIFF images, conforming to the TIFF 6.0 specification. Images are cropped to the page edge.
Derivative images are 300 dpi JPEGs, compressed 20% for online delivery.
Issue level metadata is provided in a METS/ALTO format with page-level OCR.
Reveal Digital collections are hosted on the Verdian platform, which complies with widely accepted accessibility standards worldwide. Veridian’s VPAT may be downloaded here.
Source material was provided by more than two dozen libraries and individuals, helping to make this a ground-breaking collaborative project. Large contributions were made by Duke University (feminism and lgbt), Northwestern University (feminism and lgbt) and the GI Press Project, University of Wisconsin (literary), the University at Buffalo (literary), Michigan State University (underground), University of Texas (Chicano), New York University (minority, underground), University of Kansas (right-wing), Bowling Green State University (underground) and University of Arkansas Little Rock (Native American). The complete list of source libraries may be found here. This list is updated automatically when material from new libraries is added to the collection.
As each series nears completion, you will find Series Overviews designed to help librarians raise awareness of Independent Voices with faculty and students. Please check back regularly for new overviews.